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Old 01-09-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Problem with Leg warmers - too big!
Hello,

I just started to knit. I finished my first scarf and wanted to do something else to wear this winter. I decided to make a pair of legwarmers. First I tried to do them with circular needles but I was not really ready. So i decided to knit them with regular needles and seam them. I just finished the first one and, although it is a little smaller than the pattern I used (like 1/2 inche) it is still to big for my legs. Is there a way to make it smaller? I was thinking on seaming the ends overlapping each other. I know this would look weird but It's the only thing I can think of.
Also, this is only the first one. How should I correct this for the other?
The patter is in ravelry
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...sy-leg-warmers

I also realized that I made a mistake: instead of doing st st (knitting all rounds with circular needles) I knitted all rounds (except the ribbing).

Many thanks for your help!!

Juliana
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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First, congrats on trying to do your next big project!

Yes, since you are working these flat, rather than in the round, you will need to knit one row then purl one row to get St st. By knitting each row you get garter st.

To make them smaller you can
1) overlap the seam as you said, but this may create a bump that rubs. It will also require you to knit the other one in garter stitch so it will match the first one.

If you are willing to redo the first one then you could
1) CO fewer stitches, based on your gauge, to get the width (circumference) you want.
2) use smaller needles, which will create a tighter weave and narrower leg warmer.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:59 PM   #3
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Many thanks!
I'll start over with st. st and CO fewer stitches. I really want them to look nice and overlapping was not the best idea. Starting over was not what I wanted because I'm so impatient! But I rather have a nice pair of leg warmers to show off.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
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Since you have the yarn for the second one, you wouldn't have to frog the first one before you start again. If I have something too big or too small, I like to leave it until I've gotten the new one going for comparison to make sure that I'm making the size difference I want.
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Thanks! I'm doing that. Just started the second one... Hope this time I get it right.
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I tend to do a lot of holding up pieces and measuring them against myself (if I'm the recipient or anywhere close in size to the recipient).

You can use a large tapestry needle to thread the live stitches of your partially completed legwarmer onto a length of yarn. And then wrap it around your leg to gauge the fit. Generally, your seam will take up about two stitches, which you can easily pinch together at the edge.

If the fit is A-OK, you can move the stitches from the yarn back to the needle by slipping them without twisting them. Then carry on with your knitting.

Good luck!
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